The Girls Empowerment program started in 2006 as an initiative of the Tanzanian-founded TEKUA NGO, in order to provide women who had become pregnant while in school an opportunity to finish their schooling so that they could have better employment prospects later on. However, there was a lack of sufficient financial support to keep the program running and support the need.

In 2009, Worldview board members were introduced to TEKUA’s programs, and the Girls’ Empowerment Program in particular, and decided to support the initiative. This program funds the students’ studies, and also provides milk to support their children while they study.

From 2009-2017, 20 students have been helped through Worldview’s support in the two year program, which provides academic training to enable students to take their national exams. When the women finish the program and successfully complete their exam, they can go on to trade school.

Former Girls Empowerment Program beneficiaries have gone on to study hotel management or gone to teachers’ college, and many now have good jobs with decent salaries so that they can support themselves and their families.